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Sisters cropped rectangleWhat a busy two weeks! First the grand opening of our new APQS longarm studio in Cedar Park, Texas for all of our Central Texas clients. Now Quiltcon at the Austin Convention Center – Thursday, February 19th through Sunday February 21st.

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QuiltconPlease come visit us at booth 211. We like to see you and hear your experiences using longarms in unusual ways, from assembling quilts, quilting quilts, to creating quilted fabrics for so many uses. And having fun doing it. We’d love to hear what you think we should be doing, now that we’ve expanded our services for you. Chris and Susan will be there along with a number of experts from the APQS family.

We’ll have 3 APQS longarm machines for you to see and experience.

We were mentioned in the Austin American Statesman article on Quiltcon and modern quilting. We think that’s pretty cool!

See you at Quiltcon?! We hope so!

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We ran into Audie, one of our favorite male quilters, awhile ago. He asked if we were able to get one of his quilts done in a quick fashion because it was to be auctioned off to support the school where he teaches. We are suckers for anything related to fund-raising for the school system, so we promised we would squeeze it in as long as he got it to us by a certain day. Poor Audie! he made the date but had to stay up almost the whole previous night to get it finished in time. But oh what a great job he (and his students) did! We did the quilting for him, maintaining a minimalistic design so as not to overshadow the piecing. And then it was time for the auction. When he told us that the quilt had gone for $1950, we almost fainted.
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Here is more about the quilt and about Austin Montessori School in Audie’s own words… “Terra’s project this year is a scrap quilt made almost entirely from pieces of fabric donated by Terra families, staff, and others in the AMS community. A playful print of musical instruments was also selected and used to accent the quilt with the letters “AMS” as part of the design. The large inner portion of the quilt top was made solely out of 765 identically-sized rectangular pieces, which the children cut from the various fabrics and then laid out together in rows, using light and dark contrasting fabrics to create interest. This is a warm keepsake ‘AMS’ item that is as practical as it is beautiful! Enjoy!” Some additional details: My classroom at Austin Montessori School is known as the Terra community. The children are 9 to 12 years old — 4th thru 6th graders, essentially. They did virtually all of the cutting and the “layout”; I did the stitching together of the pieces. The design was adopted from one in the book Successful Scrap Quilts, by Judy Turner and Margaret Rolfe.

We would love to hear about the quilts that you have made or participated in that were intended for a charity or important cause. Send us your link so we can support these efforts!

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Quilts as a raffle prize are a great way to raise money.   Two weeks ago Sue called, needing  some help with a quilt that she had put together for a fundraiser.   We held our breath since typically these projects are pretty much last-minute and put together in a rush.   However,  this one was quite different.   This was a quilt that was made with warm colors and beautifully put together.    This quilt had alternating squares that were hand embroidered by the students from her child’s Montessori class.  Little did we know those hand embroidered squares were made by four and five-year old children!   The children had just completed their section on leaves and had each sewn different leaf shapes.   The color combination of the surrounding squares along with the amazing skill made this a joyful quilt!

 

We had the task of highlighting those very special squares and the other blocks.   We mimicked a variety of leaves with our thread work.   After we quilted this piece  with our APQS Millennium  it is now ready for auction.    This auction will help support the programs at this local Montessori school.  We hope it brings in lots of funds for the little kids at this school.    Would you like to have a raffle quilt for your organization?

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We have found that many people have turned to us to help them take their memories and turn them into quilts, of all forms!
Today, I want to get you thinking about that pile of well worn and well-loved T-shirts that have been sitting around somewhere, gathering dust. Did you know they could possibly be turned into funds to help a good cause???
The one pictured today is going to be a raffle quilt, actually one of three similar ones that we created out of a local elementary school’s shirts. They will be raffled off to raise money to support the school and children’s activities. Now, isn’t that a creative use of those stuffed in drawers?
Actually, these three are only the latest in a series of raffle quilts we have done. One, in 2007, was bought for $5000!!!!!!!!! That’s nothing to sneeze at, that’s for sure.
So, think about it. Can your old shirts be turned into something warm, wonderful and most of all filled with memories that can be used as a raffle item for your organization?
Tomorrow, I will show you an incredibly loving quilt from a Mom to her talented daughter. see you then.

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